Sex Offenses Require Confident Representation
Once someone is labeled a sex offender, there is likely to be a stigma that follows them for the rest of their lives. Conviction of a sex crime usually means you must be on the Florida Sexual Offender Registry.
If you are facing sex offense allegations, you want the best legal team possible working for you. Our experienced sex crimes attorneys at Brunvand Wise, P.A., will work to defend your rights if you have been charged.
Variations In Your Situation Can Have Effect On The Consequences
There are a few things that will affect the potential outcome of your situation. First, whether you are being charged as a sexual predator or a sexual offender. Although both must register on the sex offender/predator registry if convicted, the stigma of being a sexual predator is worse that being a sexual offender. The biggest difference is that predators are required to be on the registry for the rest of their lives. It is rare that sex offenders get their names removed, but it can happen under certain circumstances.
The differences are:
- Sexual predators. People designated as sexual predators have been convicted of a sex crime that is a first-degree felony. It also is a label placed on someone who has been convicted of two second-degree felony sexual offenses within 10 years.
- Sexual offenders. This is the designation given to a person who has been convicted of a sex offense that involved a minor on or after Oct. 1, 1997.
Getting your case lessened from a “predator” to an “offender” can mean the difference between being able to get off the registry and having to stay on it for the rest of your life.
In addition, it’s important to know which classification your case falls under. There are three classifications. They include:
- Lewd/lascivious acts: Sexual acts that someone reasonable would find indecent or shocking
- Sexual battery and rape: Nonconsensual sex with someone who is coerced, forced or incapacitated
- Unlawful sex with minors: Often called statutory rape
One of the ways we might be able to help you is to get your case classified to a lesser offense.
We Defend You To The Best Possible Outcome
Criminal defense of sexual offenses requires a skilled, aggressive and experienced team. We have helped clients get acquitted and sometimes we have gotten enough evidence to ensure no charges were filed. No two cases are alike, but we will work to get you the best outcome possible. Call our Clearwater or Tampa legal team at 813-521-8069 or email us.